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Banks given 2 weeks for rate cut proposals

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked all commercial banks to submit proposals within two weeks on how to reduce interest spread between lending and deposit rates and charges for different services.

Grenade danger lurks across the country

Intelligence agencies strongly suspect a large number of grenades are kept hidden in places across the country as they have made seizures of abandoned grenades or arrested militants with the bombs.

Children's protein intake at stake

When malnutrition is considered a major cause of child mortality in countries like Bangladesh, bird-flu panic is deteriorating the situation as the protein intake of some people has decreased significantly.

Pakistanis brave violence to vote in key election

Pakistanis defied bombings and shootings yesterday to vote in critical parliamentary elections that will decide the political fate of key US anti-terrorist ally President Pervez Musharraf.

Govt swings into action finally

The government launches a clampdown on unauthorised CNG conversion workshops today, waking up finally to the fatal incidents of cylinder blasts that have already claimed many lives.

Dealing dangerously

Kalu Mia opened his cash box, reached into it and brought out a "protective" mask which is made of a flimsy piece of cloth. "See… I have a mask," he said showing the thing he bought for Tk 5.

Draft voter lists of 3 city corporations published

Draft voter lists for Rajshahi, Khulna and Sylhet city corporations were published yesterday.

Who will be the next president of Pakistan?

Musharraf lost his most important political battle within two months after taking off his Army uniform. February 18t was a historical day. People of Pakistan tried to defeat terror and tyranny by the vote power. There were many incidents of bombings and sniper firing just one day before the polling. Targets were the anti-Musharraf parties.

Punishment if IOs found guilty

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday said if any of the investigation officers is found guilty of diverting the August 21 grenade attack case to a different direction, he would be punished after disposal of the case.

SC hears govt petition for appeal today

The Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hear today the government's petition seeking permission to appeal the High Court's (HC) landmark judgment that quashed the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.

Work on Padma Bridge to start next year

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said construction work on Padma Bridge will begin next year to establish a direct road link between the southwestern region and other parts of the country.

Govt close to form Truth Commission

The government is close to finalising the "Truth Commission" after a committee of legal experts handed over its draft. The truth commission would allow politicians and businessmen avoid jail sentences and seek "rehabilitation" by confessing to their corruption.

Govt advancing towards smooth power transfer

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his government is advancing towards its goal to transfer power to a democratic government through holding a fair, neutral and credible election.

One cannot be termed corrupt, though listed

An individual cannot be corrupt just because his name is on the list of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) or his bank accounts are searched, Finance Adviser Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.

Dhaka Wasa launches online billing system

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday officially launched its online billing system, with a view to reducing customer harassment and ensuring transparency in the billing process.

40 injured as Manna fans clash with cops

At least 40 people, including six policemen, were injured in a series of clashes between police and fans of departed film star Manna near Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in Tejgaon yesterday.

9 get Ekushey Padak 2008

Nine distinguished personalities of the country have been awarded "Ekushey Padak" 2008 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

AL asks govt to let Hasina get treatment abroad

Awami League (AL) yesterday urged the caretaker government to allow detained AL President Sheikh Hasina receive treatment abroad as recommended by her personal physician.

Appointment of acting law secy illegal: HC

The High Court (HC) in its judgment yesterday declared the appointment of Kazi Habibul Awal as acting law secretary illegal.

Delwar kicks off talks with dist leaders

Secretary General of a faction of BNP Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday started exchange of views with district level leaders in a bid to reorganise the party across the country.

Ancient statue found in city hotel

An ancient statue of Lord Buddha was found abandoned near the water tank of a hotel at Nawabpur Road in Old Dhaka yesterday.

Govt trying to obtain Saudi royal clemency for 8 Bangladeshis

The government is trying to obtain royal clemency from the Saudi Arabia monarchy for eight Bangladeshi workers facing death sentences.

CID quizzes 11 staff of Dhaka Central Jail

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has made a move to unearth the mystery behind the seizure of a grenade at the Dhaka Central Jail a day after the grenade attacks on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004.

4 killed in Cox's Bazar road crash

Four people died when a truck crashed into a roadside mosque at Jhimongkhali village under Teknaf upazila on the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf highway yesterday morning.

37 killed in fresh Afghan blast

A Taliban suicide car bomb aimed at Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan killed 37 civilians yesterday, a day after another suicide blast left 100 dead in the country's deadliest such attack.

18 killed in fresh Maoist unrest in India

Thirteen Maoist rebels and five police were killed in gunbattles in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh yesterday as heavy fighting continued for a third day in a neighbouring state, police said.

Hillary fights to stem Obama wave in Wisconsin

White House Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton fought to stave off a wave of momentum for rival Barack Obama before a primary contest in Wisconsin that will hinge on a large working class vote.


Repealing of Gram Sarkar Act 2003

WE welcome the decision of the caretaker government to bring in ordinance to annul the 2003 Gram Sarkar Act. The point at issue was not the idea of a gram sarkar per se, which in itself merits consideration, but the intention of the then ruling alliance of politicising the local government institutions for petty party aggrandisement. And this was palpably clear in their undue haste in forming gram sarkars in a large number of villages. It is interesting to read the remarks of the High Court while ruling in favour of a writ brought against the Act. While declaring the Act ultra vires of the constitution the High Court nonetheless thought the idea was a novel one.

Hospital equipment rusting away!

IT is extremely disquieting news that medical equipment worth Taka several crore is lying unused at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogra due to lack of structural facilities and competent technicians and chemists. The idle equipment includes a radiotherapy machine that cost the hospital Tk 19.68 crore.

Can the deformed be reformed?

"WHAT is Deformed, Cannot be Reformed" was one of the topics of a debate competition organised by the IBA Department of Dhaka University some months back. It was obviously an oblique reference to the moribund state of the major political parties of the country.

Free for all

CHIEF Minister Parkash Singh Badal should immediately stop all supplies of Punjab wheat to Raj Thackeray and all members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who believe they can milk votes for a dead cause by victimising Biharis in Mumbai. The point is not too difficult to appreciate. India is not a one-way street. India survives as a single nation of free people, or it does not survive at all.

'I can only be who I can be'

En route to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, last week for a round-table discussion about balancing work and family, Michelle Obama talked with Newsweek's Richard Wolffe about her joke-telling, Hillary Clinton -- and whether she has time for a "normal" relationship with her husband.


Fine ton by Zunaed

Zunaed Siddiqui showed no nerve against a strong South African pace attack with a glitzy hundred as Bangladesh Cricket Board XI made a bold reply on the second day of the three-day warmup match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Test squad to be named today

The Bangladesh squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa will be announced in Fatullah today.

Youths off to a flier

Bangladesh made a strong start while fellow title contenders South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka overcame stuttering beginnings to win their opening matches in cricket's ICC Under-19 World Cup yesterday.

Abahani face Nepal Police in opener

Abahani will return to international club football after a long time when they face last year's runners-up and host club Nepal Police Club in the opening match of the AFC Presidents Cup qualifying Group A in Kathmandu on April 20.

India's pressure mounts

It's 38 degree Celsius in Adelaide and the Indians find themselves in the hot seat. It's the business end of the tournament and even if their countenance suggests they are relaxed, the sweat is steadily gathering across those creased foreheads.

Roma's Real trial

AS Roma are seeking to bury a dip in form that may prove fatal to their domestic title hopes when they face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday (1945 GMT).

Marquee show returns

English Premier League clubs will enjoy the international exposure they crave this week when the Champions League returns with a bang thanks to several mouth-watering clashes.

Toni treble fires Bayern

Luca Toni bagged his first Bundesliga hattrick to fire Bayern Munich back into a three-point lead at the top of the German league as his second-half strikes gave them a 3-0 win at Hanover on Sunday.

Pompey survive a scare

Premier League Portsmouth sneaked into the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday after an own-goal in the third minute of stoppage time by Preston defender Darren Carter secured a 1-0 victory at Deepdale.

Barnsley rewarded with Chelsea

Championship side Barnsley have been rewarded for their shock fifth-round victory over Liverpool with a home tie against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Bayern wanted me: Lippi

Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi admits he is surprised German giants Bayern Munich have chosen Jurgen Klinsmann as their coach for next season, because of his lack of domestic experience.

All set for opening

When the second edition of the Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium this weekend, Bangladeshi athletes will target ten more gold medals than the inaugural event hosted by Kolkata.

Gilchrist to play on

Australian coach Tim Nielsen said Monday that star wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist was not in doubt for the remainder of the tri-series, despite injuring his left thumb against India on Sunday.

'5 Aussies to commit'

Five Australian cricketers were expected to finalise their contracts to play in India's lucrative IPL Twenty20 competition late Monday, an agent said.

Local Snippets

Enamul Hossain Rajib won his fourth round match in Group A2 at the Aeroflot Open International Chess Festival in Moscow on Sunday when the Bangladeshi International Master defeated Russian IM Viktor Kuznetosov.

Delegation off to KL to meet Hammam

Four organisers left Dhaka yesterday for Kuala Lumpur to meet Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammad Bin Hammam to present the case of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), which faces opposition from different quarters in following the guideline of FIFA to form the football associations (FA).

Ronak sweeps boys' events

India swept all the honours in the Dhaka Bank 22nd Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championships which concluded yesterday.

1-run win for Rupali

Rupali Bank made sure the opening day of First Division Cricket League had a tight game when they prevailed in a curtailed-over game against an experienced Cricket Coaching School (CCS) at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.

Rubel slams hattrick

Rubel slotted a hattrick as Tangail recorded an impressive win on the second day of the 4th JFA Cup Under 15 Football Championships qualifiers yesterday.

First win for City

City Club registered their maiden victory in the Senior Division Football League when they edged Dipali Juba Sangha 1-0 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Pathan shrugs off distraction

Left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan today denied the team was distracted by the imminent bidding for the Indian Premier League and promised that it would come out firing in the crucial tri-series encounter against Sri Lanka.

Porto relish Veltins return

Bundesliga side Schalke 04 face Porto at the Veltins Arena here on Tuesday in the first-leg of the Champions League first knock-out round with the Portuguese relishing a return to the scene of their most recent European triumph.

Atletico miss chance

Atletico Madrid missed the chance to tighten their grip on a Champions League place when they surrendered an early lead to slip to a 2-1 defeat at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Fiorentina back in it

Fiorentina moved back into Champions League contention with a 2-1 home win over Catania on Sunday as they reclaimed fourth spot in Serie A from reigning European champions AC Milan.

Henin warms up well

Seven-times Grand Slam champion Justine Henin is setting her long-term sights on a Wimbledon crown after winning her first career title at home in Belgium on Sunday.

More woe for PSG

French giants Paris St Germain plunged closer to the relegation trapdoor on Sunday when they squandered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at bitter rivals Marseille.

Hitman delights Hitzfield

Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was full of praise for Luca Toni who bagged his first Bundesliga hattrick to fire Bayern Munich back into a three-point lead at the top of the table in the 3-0 win at Hanover.

Hostile crowds greet Japan

Japan coach Takeshi Okada has warned his squad to prepare for hostile Chinese fans head of a game against the hosts in the East Asian championship here on Wednesday.


Local firm to deliver 2 ships to Danish buyer in April

A local company is set to deliver two ships to a Danish buyer in April this year as Bangladesh's ship building industry has come of age.

Best Air to fly beyond border in mid-March

Best Air is the third local airline to begin operations on international route by flying to Thailand by mid- March, intensifying competition on the route already has four operators.

Direct listing rules may be changed

Direct listing rules of stock exchanges may come under some changes to check abnormal price fluctuation of shares of a company from the very first day of trading under direct listing.

Turbulence ahead for global aviation industry: IATA chief

Global aviation faces a tough future despite making profits last year as it grapples with debt, rising fuel bills and a looming US recession, but Asia could be a bright spot, officials said Monday.

Public varsities urged to double seats for computer science

Seats for learning computer science and computer engineering at public universities should be doubled to meet the country's growing demand for skilled IT graduates, a seminar in Dhaka yesterday was told.

Worldwide shortage of rice sends prices soaring

As the price of rice climbs across South Asia, farmers and millers in Thailand are sitting on stocks and waiting for it to rise even further, said a top rice exporter in Bangkok.

National Telecom eyes 1 lakh users in Ctg

National Telecom Limited, a private land phone operator, plans to reach one lakh subscribers in Chittagong region in the next one year, officials said yesterday.

Australian experts moot alternate tech for power generation

Australian power experts said it is possible to generate power by using sugarcane and coconut shell to meet the demand for power in the export processing zones of Bangladesh, says a press release.

EBL launches new product

Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has launched a new product 'EBL Banijyo'.

Trade bodies now can submit budget proposals to NBR anytime

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has relaxed the January 31 deadline earlier set for submitting budget proposals by trade bodies and chambers.

New ICMAB president

Zahir Uddin Ahmed has been elected president of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) for 2008.

India's sugar output down

Sugar production in India, the world's second largest producer of the sweetener, is estimated to have declined by nine lakh ton in the first quarter of 2007-08 season due to delay in start of sugarcane crushing by the mills.

NCC Bank MD reappointed

Md Nurul Amin has been reappointed managing director and CEO of NCC Bank Ltd for another three years, says a press release.

S’pore export sees 2.8pc rise

Singapore exports reversed two straight months of decline to rise an annual 2.8 percent in January led by strong shipments of petrochemicals and disk drives, the government said Monday.


Nat'l consensus a must to end political instability

Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday stressed the need for national consensus to find out a way out of the political crisis.

Construction of 21,200 houses begins next month

The construction of one-room houses with Saudi financial assistance for 21,200 families worst affected by Cyclone Sidr in four districts is likely to begin next month.

Nat'l consensus govt risky

Decentralisation of planning and administration is a must for the development of the country, Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Bir Pratik said in the port city yesterday.

'Take action against Rajpur land grabbers'

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday called on the authorities to evict land grabbers from about 300 bighas of land at Rajpur in Lalmonirhat and return them to the genuine owners.

OIC needs to modernise its working methods

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said OIC needs to modernise its working methods and focus more on development issues.

Call to stop police remand

Police remand should be stopped immediately as many innocent people are being tortured in the remand, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.

'Bangladesh, Nepal enjoy closest ties'

Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh and Nepal enjoy the closest relations as friends and neighbours.

Actor Manna laid to rest

Noted actor SM Aslam Talukder Manna was laid to rest beside his father at Elenga under Kalihati upazila in Tangail yesterday afternoon.

6 Bangladeshi engrs recruited in Afghanistan

Afghan authorities have recruited six Bangladeshi engineers and their security will be ensured by the recruiting firm, according to Expatriate's Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.

Huge Indian clothes seized in Comilla

Bangladesh Riffles (BDR), in separate drives, recovered huge smuggled Indian clothes from Chouddagram and Sadar (south) upazila on Sunday night.

VoIP equipment seized in city

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth around Tk 40 lakh during a raid on an apartment at Naya Paltan in the capital last night.

Youth beaten by law enforcers

Local people attacked a private clinic after a young man was beaten by law enforcers in front of it at Dhanmondi in the city last night.

'Do not stick posters to newly painted walls at DU'

'Ekushey Udjapan Kendriya Committee' or the central committee to observe Amar Ekushey has called on all not to stick any poster, picture or banner to newly painted walls in the Dhaka University area in order to maintain sanctity of the Amar Ekushey, says a press release.

Abducted boy found dead

Police recovered the body of a minor boy, who was slaughtered, from a bush in the city's Uttarkhan area yesterday, 10 days after his abduction.

Five receive Citi-Ananda Alo Literary Award

Four distinguished litterateurs and an eminent artist of the country were awarded the 'Citi-Ananda Alo Literary Award 2008' yesterday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their respective fields.

3 killed, 43 injured in road accidents

Three people were killed and 43 others were injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

NU 1st year admission test result today

The result of admission test for the first year of National University (NU) under academic session 2007-08 will be published at its websites ( and at 8:00pm today, says a press release.

Duta demands security of teachers

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) expressed deep concern over the death threat issued to Prof Abul Barakat of Economics department, says a press release.

UK education exhibition begins in Ctg

The two-day 5th Education UK Exhibition 2008 began in the port city yesterday.

Nazrul Institute programmes on Amar Ekushey

Nazrul Institute organises three-day programmes from February 19 to 21 to mark the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day.

Korea-Bangladesh cultural evening held at JU

A cultural evening of South Korea-Bangladesh was held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) auditorium on Saturday, says a press release.


Shortage of textbooks hampers study in Manikganj schools

One and a half months after starting classes of the academic year, textbook crisis in Manikganj is hampering study of high school and madrasa students.

Mohimaganj Sugar Mills stop production

Mohimaganj Sugar Mills in Gaibandha has ceased its production after running for 71 days in this current season while private-owned Nitol Sugar Mills in Kiushoreganj is now operating only one shift a day due to short supply of sugarcane.

BNP leader, 4 others held with smuggled Indian jute seeds

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five people including a BNP leader in Gobindagnaj upazila and recovered 247 sacks of banned Indian jute seeds worth about Tk 12 lakh from different go-downs possessed by them.

3 more PWs submit deposition

Three more prosecution witnesses in five cases for August 17 series bomb blast cases gave statements before a Satkhira court yesterday in presence of 11 out of 19 charge-sheeted accused.

Six cops closed for negligence of duty

Six police personnel of Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station were closed to Kishoreganj Police Lines on Sunday on charge of negligence of duty.

'ACC drive to continue until total routing of graft'

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the ACC will continue its drive until corruption is removed from every sector in the country.

Dr Zoha's death anniversary observed

Teachers, students and staff of Rajshahi University yesterday observed 'Teachers' Day' yesterday to pay tribute to martyred teacher Dr Shamsuzzoha.


Musharraf pledges harmony after polls

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed to work in a "totally harmonious manner" with whoever wins key parliamentary elections as he cast his ballot in the crucial polls yesterday.

Kosovo pushes world for recognition

Kosovo's leaders sent letters 192 countries yesterday seeking formal recognition of independence, and suspense gripped the province as its citizens awaited key backing from the US and key European powers.

Olmert gives army free hand in Gaza

Israel's prime minister on Sunday gave his military a "free hand" to attack Gaza militants after a rocket slammed into a house in this town where the visiting UN humanitarian chief had just called for an end to the daily salvos.

Intelligence warns about possible terror strike in Delhi

Security in the national capital was stepped up yesterday after police received intelligence inputs about militant outfits planning terror strike in the city.

Serbia files criminal charges against Kosovo leaders

Serbia's police filed criminal charges against Kosovo Albanian leaders for "organising the proclamation of a phoney state on Serbian territory," the interior ministry said yesterday.

Iran predicts 'destruction' of Israel by Hezbollah

Iran's Revolutionary Guards yesterday predicted that Israel would be destroyed by the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah in the "near future", the Fars news agency reported.

20 Maoists, 3 policemen killed in Orissa

At least 20 Maoists including women cadre and three policemen have been killed in an ongoing gun battle between fleeing extreme left elements and security personnel, said official sources here on Sunday.

Israel still not easing West Bank conditions: EU envoy

The EU envoy to Israel criticised it yesterday for still failing to ease conditions in the occupied West Bank, saying it should have more confidence in the Palestinian Authority.

Over 300 killed in cop custody in India-held Kashmir

More than 300 people have been killed in police custody in the disputed Indian state of Kashmir since a Muslim insurgency began in 1989, according to a police report obtained yesterday.

Accomplice of kidney snatcher arrested in India

Indian detectives investigating a multi-million dollar illegal kidney transplant racket have arrested the brother and alleged accomplice of the main suspect in the case, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Serbia to block Kosovo's UN, OSCE membership

Serbia will block Kosovo's bid to join organisations like the UN and use "all diplomatic means" to prevent it from gaining international recognition, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said yesterday.

UN envoy to Myanmar holds talks in Beijing

The UN envoy for Myanmar, Ibrahim Gambari, held meetings with top Chinese officials yesterday as he tried to gain permission to enter the military-ruled country, a UN spokeswoman said.

Hardline Bosnian Serbs seek independence, like Kosovo

The main opposition Bosnian Serb party called yesterday for the independence of the Serb-run half of Bosnia, citing Kosovo as a precedent.

Syria, Jordan need more help with Iraqi influx: UN

The UN refugee agency appealed yesterday for more aid to Syria and Jordan to help them cope with the cost of sheltering almost two million Iraqis who have fled the violence in their country.

Dodi father points finger at royals over Diana death

Princess Diana voiced concern before her death that senior British royals, including her ex-husband Prince Charles and Prince Philip, wanted to "get rid" of her, her boyfriend's father said yesterday.

Baghdad rocked by blasts

A barrage of mortar rounds rocked Baghdad at dusk yesterday, with some falling near the international airport and others in the fortified Green Zone, officials and witnesses said.

China 'highly concerned' over US satellite destruction plan

China said yesterday it was "highly concerned" about a US plan to shoot down a crippled spy satellite, just over a year after it raised global tensions with its own anti-satellite operation.

British Muslim 'fanatic' jailed for life

An Islamist extremist who hatched a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier then publish the footage on the Internet was jailed for life yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangladeshi cultural teams receive accolades abroad

TWO Bangladeshi cultural teams have received accolades abroad, briefed the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) authority at a press conference. The press conference was held at the academy premises yesterday. Along with the BSA authorities, artistes from both the teams attended the conference.

ITI theatre festival inaugurated

Theatre activists in Bangladesh greeted the foreign delegates with dance and music at the inaugural programme of the 9th ITI Theatre Festival on February 17. The weeklong theatre festival was inaugurated by Rasheda K. Chowdhury, Adviser to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Shah Abdul Karim's 93rd birth anniversary observed

Through his songs, 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim has inspired us, in particular the people of greater Sylhet region, for decades. This bard has touched the hearts of people -- from the common man to the sophisticated elite. There should be measures to observe his birth anniversary on a national level. Speakers said at a discussion held on the occasion of Karim's 93rd birth anniversary at the M Saifur Rahman auditorium in Sylhet city on February 15.

Eksho Bosta Chaal, Dakghar, Bela Shesher Galpo and Urubhangam to be staged today

Eksho Bosta Chaal, a Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy production, will be staged at the National Theatre Stage today.

Bangladesh-Korea Cultural Evening at JU

A programme titled Bangladesh-Korea Cultural Evening was held at the Jahangirnagar University campus recently, says a press release. Pro-Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU), Dr. Mohammad Muniruzzaman, inaugurated the event. Consul of the South Korean embassy, Lee Dong Huy, was present as the special guest.

Pitha ustab draws huge crowd in Rajshahi

A five-day Pitha Uthshab on the bank of river Padma, next to the historic Bara Kuthi Bhabhan ended recently. Hundreds of visitors thronged the festival everyday.


Manpower export

I must congratulate Helal Ahmed Chowdhury, Managing Director of Pubali Bank, for coming up with a very innovative scheme for funding the prospective job seekers abroad. A substantial number of the expatriate wage earners are victims of the unscrupulous manpower agents who extract substantial sums from job seekers for employment abroad. Pubali Bank has initiated an expatriate lending project whereby the bank will advance money to the prospective job seekers who will repay the loan from their remittances.

How deep in the hearts of Texas?

THIS was one fired-up crowd. At a rally for Sen. Hillary Clinton at St. Mary's University in San Antonio last Wednesday, thousands of people erupted with euphoria. They cheered, they chanted, they stomped their feet.

Security fears shadow Pakistan party leaders

HUGE explosions of crackers rent the air, booming from rooftops and the tower of a water tank that looms over this heartland town in Pakistan's all-important Punjab province. Nobody winces, much less looks up.

The World Bank and India

RECENT revelations of widespread corruption in World Bank health programs in India have led to the usual expressions of outrage. Like the policeman in "Casablanca" professing shock that gambling was going on at Rick's, the World Bank and the Indian government expressed pro forma shock as well.

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